Two years ago, who would have thought there would be so much excitement over copy and paste? Apple last week previewed the iPhone 3.0 software, highlighting new features and making iPhone developers realize they won’t be sleeping much until the new operating system is released. This issue also focuses on interesting new products: we look at the resuscitated EMC Retrospect 8 and Bare Bones Software’s clever WeatherCal. In other news, the latest AirPort firmware may solve lingering Time Capsule problems, Sony receives 500,000 free public domain ebooks from Google, Kodak starts charging for its free service (which may not be as bad as it sounds, according to Glenn Fleishman), and Adam points out Guy Kawasaki’s new MyAlltop service. Other software releases worthy of brief mention this week include Espresso 1.0, PDFpen 4.1.1, and Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to VGA Firmware Update.
Guy Kawasaki's Alltop news aggregation site has now added the capability to create your own collection of headline feeds as a way of focusing on just the sites that interest you.
The latest version of Leopard combined with a firmware update for AirPort base stations may fix a problem with Time Machine that led to corrupted backup disk images on Time Capsule drives.
Google tries to insert itself into the electronic reader market by making 500,000 copyright-free titles available for the Sony Reader Digital Book. Titles, all dating from before 1923, are free to download.
Those photos you thought were safe forever online could disappear in a puff of electrons. Kodak Gallery becomes the latest service that will require regular purchases to keep storage accounts active.
In a break from the geeky tradition of BBEdit and Mailsmith, Bare Bones Software has released WeatherCal, a streamlined utility that adds updating weather forecasts into iCal.
iPhone developers' heads were exploding as Apple unloaded a truckload of new capabilities in the Developer Beta of the iPhone 3.0 software, now available. The built-in iPhone apps will also gain numerous welcome enhancements, and we can all look forward to trying them out mid-year.
EMC has finally released Retrospect 8, the long-awaited update to what used to be the king of Macintosh backup programs. The feature set of the new version looks good, but there are a few holes, most notably support for running the server on PowerPC-based Macs.
Notable software releases this week include Espresso 1.0, PDFpen 4.1.1, and Apple's Mini DisplayPort to VGA Firmware Update.
Read on for a collection of links to the most interesting articles and resources that the TidBITS staff discovered on the Web this week.
Apple announced the iPhone 3.0 software last week, but iTunes is on readers' minds this week as several problems crop up in the latest 8.1 update. Other topics of discussion include preferred hard drive manufacturers, issues with the latest AirPort firmware update, Bare Bones Software's WeatherCal software, and spam filtering.